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Women’s Reproductive Rights At Risk Of Being De-Emphasized As U.N. Drafts SDGs

The Nation: Will the U.N.’s New Development Goals Downplay the Need for Gender Equality? “As the 193 member countries of the United Nations struggle to agree on development priorities to be adopted next year, the rights of women and sexual minorities have again become a contentious issue. … [A]s the…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Ebola Epidemic

The following editorial and opinion pieces address different aspects of the Ebola epidemic. New York Times: Stopping Ebola in America Editorial Board “…[I]t makes sense to add another layer of protection at airports in this country. Travelers from West Africa could be asked to fill out an additional questionnaire, on…

U.N. Budget Committee Approves Funding For UNMEER Mission

U.N. News Centre: U.N. budget committee approves funding for U.N. Ebola response mission “The United Nations committee that deals with administrative and budgetary issues today adopted a resolution allocating funding for the newly established U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and the Office of the Special Envoy on Ebola.…

WFP, FAO Taking Steps To Feed People In Ebola-Hit West African Nations

Media sources report on efforts to feed people in the three countries most affected by the Ebola epidemic, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. CNN: Feeding people on Ebola’s front lines “…According to Bettina Luescher, the [World Food Programme’s] chief spokeswoman for North America, the WFP has provided food and assistance…

Ebola Unlikely To Become Airborne, CDC, WHO Say

News outlets report on the public’s skepticism over the transmission of Ebola virus. Both the CDC and WHO have issued statements clarifying how the virus does and does not spread, saying the virus is unlikely to become airborne. Financial Times: Experts reject fears Ebola could become airborne “Virologists rejected suggestions…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Controlling Ebola Epidemic

The following opinion pieces discuss various aspects of controlling the Ebola epidemic. Huffington Post: Why the World Must Act Now on Ebola Michael Elliott, president and CEO of ONE “…[W]hat has to be done if West Africa is not to slip back, if leaders like Koroma and Johnson Sirleaf –…

CFR Releases ‘Backgrounder’ On WHO’s Role, Challenges In Context Of Ebola

Council on Foreign Relations’ “Backgrounders”: World Health Organization This backgrounder discusses the WHO’s mandate, governance structure, and role in global health emergencies, and outlines some of the challenges facing the organization, particularly those underscored by the current Ebola outbreak (Renwick/Johnson, 10/7).

Number Of Ebola Deaths Reaches 1,350 In West Africa, WHO Says

News outlets report on new WHO estimates on the number of deaths recorded in the West African Ebola outbreak and ask researchers and aid workers about the potential for underestimating the case numbers. Associated Press: WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350 “The World Health Organization says the…

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